Malmesbury 2040 Project – March Update & Prize Annoucement

Malmesbury Climate Action Network are working to crowdsource a collective vision of what the town might look/feel/be like in 2040 if we all worked together over the next 20 years to make it safe, inclusive, green, sustainable place.

We’ll be showcasing this is through a real-life edition of the Malmesbury Jackdaw written from the year 2040 and aims to highlight what life might be like and all the things we’ve achieved together. It will be distributed this Spring/Summer. 

We’re asking the community to submit articles, poems, pictures, drawings, collages, photographs, crafts, models…. anything – we want people to be as creative as possible!  For written entries – short article should be maximum 200-250 words and longer articles a maximum of 500.

For your entry, paint a snapshot of what you or a group you’re part of would be doing and how it might be contributing to a better world. The entries don’t actually have to match what’s happening in reality but the idea is that we encourage the town to use their imagination and ask “what if!”.

We’re especially keen to get young people involved in the project and so we have prizes available for the top three entries from school aged children (£20 voucher for first, £15 for second and £10 for third).

The only requirements are that you create from the perspective of being in the year 2040 with a positive and uplifting outlook.

Some questions to inspire creative thinking…What will Malmesbury look like? What does it feel like to be a part of the Malmesbury community? What can we see? What does our environment look like? What has remains and what has gone? What will occupy the spaces in our High Street? What do we take part in, in the evenings and at weekends? What do we celebrate together and how? What will it smell like? What will it taste like? What will we have achieved together? What news and issues would we be talking about?

For example, you might write as the leader of the community fridge project highlighting recent success, or as the co-creator of a thriving new science festival announcing the line-up of local contributors. You might be a local photographer showcasing the annual tree planting event or the artist-in-residence at the Abbey House Gardens, giving us a behind the scenes access into your latest collection

The hope is that our community edition will be a call to action that inspires local change for the better.

Our 2040 edition of the Jackdaw will distributed in the Spring/Summer of 2021. As a “mini-issue” depending on the number of entries we receive, it may not be possible to include all contributions, however we do hope to run an exhibition in parallel (which could be virtual), showcasing all the contributions we receive. There will be an element of editorial oversight, to ensure the content of the magazine reflects the style of the Jackdaw.

Please email your questions and contributions to by 19th April 2021.


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